Really good to know popofages!
There is alot of hype surrounding the Kemper, most of it well deserved.
I got the HD500 not long before discovering the Kemper, but it is out of my price range for a while at least.
I have been happy with the HD. It has replaced ny software sims and it is just a great versatile peice of kit.
I've had mine for near 6 months now and it never ceases to amaze me in getting good tone and the HD has alot of good tones and even the FX are acceptible. And it is a good overall description of the unit. Acceptible!
Now like anything in the tone dept, after a while it gets stale and that has occured for a few users, especially those who upgrade to real hardware replacements there is a tonal improvement. I think the HD is a good place to discover the pedal hardware you'd like to actually incorporate into your board and rig.
I been experiementing with getting as good a funky guitar tones (old school and modern) as I can.
I'll try against a real life example as you suggest to match tones to.
If you got any of those in your patches from emulating a real or profiled tone I'd be happy to try it out.
Yep I agree about all the Kemper hype but its well deserved. If the Kemper guys are smart they should bring out a dumbed down version for live work that does not profile but just has the amp and fx profiles incorporated into a pedal board (a bit like the HD or XT) then half the price and Line 6 will be in big trouble...I somehow doubt they will do this tho!
Adding a few quality stomps helps me too, one of my favs is a valve driven Tonebone Hot British, really good for that classic Marshall tone when used in front of a clean HD amp sim, I can dig in and get the feel and pick attack far better IMO using this pedal than the HD sims alone.
I also use a modded Crybaby, the wahs are acceptable on the HD but again not as good as the real deal IMO and the exp footswitch is horrible to use live so that's another reason. I also added a Korg tuner on the board as again the HD one is not great and I've upgraded the power supply. Just simple stuff that improves on a few of the HD weaknesses and makes the package a bit more pro for gigs.
For funky tones I use a Strat on the neck pickup and my fav clean sim the AC30 (this is one I modeled from the Kemper), I always use a little compression on the front end and a splash of reverb and the 421 dynamic mic and adjust the gain to taste for old school / modern tones. Less is more as far as the HD is concerned I think.
I'll be doing the dull task of tweaking a few tones this week in the studio with my band and may well upload a few of my live patches in the near future.
A Kemper without the profiling is another amp modeler to me and while the tones could be better you still need midi footswitching.
I'd still go with the HD 500 as more bang for your buck.
I'd also say that there is a good chance the HDs will get further supported firmware as Line 6's dream rig gets enhanced.
Hi there, I could post a few of my presets but thinking about it now its a bit pointless really because they will sound very different with your set up, guitar, playing style etc...A buddy of mine guitar techs for Larry Carton when he's in the UK and has played his guitar with Dumble amps, FX etc..the guitar tech is an excellent player but I can assure you even using LCs gear and playing some of his tunes at soundcheck he sounds nothing like Larry! (and you will sound nothing like me with my presets which is probably a good thing - lol)